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This and that: Monday morning Jets minicamp

LaDainian Tomlinson finds a hole in the line

LaDainian Tomlinson finds a hole in the line as he runs during practice at the Jets training facility. (May 20, 2010) Credit: Craig Ruttle

Just back here with some notes quick from the morning session of Jets minicamp:

Light hearted: The overarching vibe that accompanied the morning session was one of good spirits, and even a fair share of joking around. After multiple plays, an entire Jets unit would get on a player for either making a play or missing a play, harrasing him with name-calling and laughter. But, the highlight without a doubt came during the middle part of the morning practice, when Jets head coach Rex Ryan went behind center and messed around throwing the football for several minutes in a team drill.

Cromartie vs. Sanchez: In his first minicamp practice as a Jet, cornerback Antonio Cromartie almost became the highlight of the day as he very nearly picked off quarterback Mark Sanchez. Cromartie dropped a pass thrown in the flat.

Blazin' Braylon: One of the better plays of the 11-on-11 portion of the morning came on a reverse where wide receiver Braylon Edwards broke it to the outside for a solid first down run.

Morning MVP?: Britt Davis -- the 6-foot-3 second year receiver out of Northern Illinois -- had a very productive session. He skied for a tough catch from Sanchez in 11-on-11. Davis snagged the bullet and held onto it over two Jets receivers. Davis also provided the offense with speedy bursts on numerous plays throughout.

McKnight's minicamp: During drills with the running back unit, it is hard to not recognize the sheer talent the Jets group as a whole has on paper. Returning starter Shonn Greene and newcomer and former All-Pro LaDainian Tomlinson would be enough name power for many NFL team's. But rookie Joe McKnight out of USC fit in quite nicely with the rest of the Jets bunch. On numerous plays, McKnight exhibited change of pace in his runs and looked sharp in his technique. McKnight was without a doubt one of the fastest few players in the session.

Getting acquainted: Sanchez connected on numerous attempts to new running back LaDainian Tomlinson over the middle on check downs throughout the morning. Here is what each had to say afterwards:

Sanchez: "He’s (Tomlinson) always a great option. As a young quarterback, sometimes it feels like the check down might be, it might feel like the defense won. But with L.T., you can turn one of those checkdowns into a big gain."

Tomlinson: "The mood’s been great, it really has. The transition’s been easy. The Jets have really helped me and my wife transition here. Just so many resources and stuff like that that you have to have in your transition, and they already have people like Brian Schottenheimer that I knew, and (Antonio) Cromartie and different guys, like that it helps the transition."

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